During a recent interview, Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky blasted the FBI after the recent release of ‘Twitter Files 6.’
Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, agreed, tweeting, “[The] FBI has a lot to answer for after the latest drop of Twitter Files 6.”
GOP lawmakers have promised to take action after the release of the sixth and most recent installment of “Twitter Files,” which showed the FBI members coordinating with Twitter executives to censor users and their tweets.
Matt Taibbi, a writer at Substack, dropped dozens of tweets about the new ‘Twitter Files’ release, which exposed the FBI’s ties with the social media platform. Gaetz said he would be asking the FBI about those ties.
During a segment of “Hannity” on Fox News, Comer said, “Anyone that cares about free speech should be outraged. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, this has to stop.”
The Republican House Judiciary Committee account, managed by Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, added, “Does anyone still trust the FBI?”
Josh Hawley, GOP Senator from Missouri, speculated that the FBI’s alleged involvement with Twitter might suggest they were also working with Facebook and Google.
Taibbi began his thread by sharing screenshots of emails between members of the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety Chief Yoel Roth.
“The #TwitterFiles are revealing more every day about how the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content. Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive as if it were a subsidiary,” wrote Taibbi. “Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth … a surprisingly high number are requesting by the FBI for Twitter to take action on election misinformation, even involving joke tweets from low-follower accounts.”
Substack’s Taibbi also highlighted the FBI’s own social media task force, established following the 2016 presidential election, assigned as many as “80 agents” to locate potential election interference by monitoring social media activity.
Taibbi shared an email dated November 5, 2022, from the FBI’s National Election Command Post to its field office located in San Francisco, where Twitter headquarters is also located, with accounts that were “being utilized to spread misinformation about the upcoming election,” and “may warrant additional action.”
In another email dated November 6, FBI Agent Elvis Chan is seen forwarding the list to “Twitter folks.”
Taibbi also shared an email from November 10 from an FBI official to “Twitter contacts” that listed several Twitter accounts that “may potentially constitute violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service.”
The journalist said that some accounts included joke tweets but was banned.
FBI defends Twitter involvement
In response to the release of the ‘Twitter Files,’ an FBI spokesperson said their communication was part of a broader effort to ensure national security but claimed the FBI’s involvement in offering information was only to allow the private company to make its own business decisions.
“The FBI regularly engages with private sector entities to provide information specific to identified foreign malign influence actors’ subversive, undeclared, covert, or criminal activities,” wrote the spokesperson. “Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers after the FBI has notified them.”
House GOP members will get an opportunity to question intelligence officials, the FBI, and others when they are sworn in as the majority in January. At that time, Republicans will gain the power to launch House investigations and will gain committee majorities.